NFL Notes: Michael Vick still behind Geno Smith

NFL Notes: Michael Vick still behind Geno Smith
August 8, 2014, 6:00 pm

Michael Vick, right, is still behind Geno Smith, left, in the Jets' starting quarterback competition after the team's first preseason game. (USA Today Images)

NEW YORK -- Geno Smith: three points. Michael Vick: seven.

Quarterback controversy for the New York Jets?

Nope. Not even close. OK, well, not yet.

"We'll just let this thing play out," coach Rex Ryan said. "It's our first preseason game. Obviously, we know we have two excellent quarterbacks."

Smith led the Jets to a field goal in his two series with the starters in a 13-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. Vick created a bit of a buzz by leading a touchdown drive with the first-team offense, and showing he can still make plays with his legs.

While the Jets maintain the two are competing, it has been clear it's Smith's job to lose -- and he did nothing to downgrade his spot on the depth chart. Smith was 4 of 6 for 33 yards -- including a drive capped by a 51-yard field goal by Nick Folk -- before giving way to Vick (see full story).

Dolphins: Starting S Jones suspended 4 games
ATLANTA -- Reshad Jones has become the second Miami Dolphins player this summer to run afoul of the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Jones, a starting strong safety, was suspended Friday for the first four games of the regular season. He said he took a supplement that caused the violation.

Defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended last month for the first four games after testing positive for a prohibited stimulant.

Like Jordan, Jones is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. That included Friday night's exhibition opener at Atlanta.

"I worked closely with the union to investigate what happened, and I learned that a supplement I took caused the positive test," Jones said in a statement released by the Dolphins. "I deeply regret not investigating the supplement carefully before I took it, and I will never again take a supplement without having it checked. I am very sorry for the effect of my mistake on my teammates and coaches."

Jones, a fifth-year pro, started every game the past two seasons and finished second on the team in tackles last year (see full story).

Bills: New stadium for the Bills?
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to do everything he can to keep the Buffalo Bills in New York and would consider a new stadium if necessary.

Cuomo told reporters Friday in Niagara Falls the state and county negotiated a long-term lease with the Bills two years ago and have spent $170 million renovating the existing stadium.

Cuomo says, "If we need a new stadium to keep the Bills here long-term, that's something that I'm interested in talking about."

He says he's already had preliminary discussions with the NFL, the Erie County executive and some potential bidders.

The governor says he's mindful of the high cost and says he'd want "as light a burden as it can be" on the county and state finances.

Giants: Backup OL suspended for PEDs
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants backup offensive lineman Eric Herman was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Herman said in a statement Friday that he tested positive for a stimulant. He said he has a therapeutic use exemption for a different stimulant that treats the same condition, but not for the one he tested positive for.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Herman was listed as a third-string center, so his chances of making the team were already small. Now they're even worse.

Herman spent most of last year on the practice squad after the Giants drafted him in the seventh round out of Ohio. He was added to the roster for the season finale but did not play (see full story).

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